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Since 2012, the Young Designers Program (YDP) has provided thousands of K­-12 students access to innovative, experiential education in the areas of solar technology, horticulture, design and engineering.

Given the extraordinary potential of the Lowline Lab as an interactive learning space, we have expanded and enhanced our Young Designers Program and integrated it with the Lowline Lab site. Through our enhanced inquiry-based curriculum, students will learn the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) in the context of an exciting urban design project that is both tangible and relevant to their lives.    

Over the course of three hours, the class will build upon the core curricular components of solar technology, plant and soil science, engineering design through educational interactive activities and engaged instruction from a teaching artist connecting the Lowline to the field of STEAM and to the local community. Using curriculum materials provided on site, youth will also have the opportunity to craft their own STEAM-related projects and strengthen their presentation skills in the process. Students’ work will be documented and shared with the broader Lowline community, both online throughout the year and in a public exhibition to be held in early 2016.

The Young Designers Program has open enrollment for grades K-12, with registration on a first-come, first-served basis, and free of charge. Classes are available Monday through Friday, between 9am - 6pm.

Registration is Now Open


Education Committee

The Education Committee is composed of a selected group of STEM professionals who have extensive experience in the field of STEAM and education. The Education Committee members advise the program in a variety of capacities that serve to enhance the program’s curriculum, operations and overall execution.


Julio Badel • Henry Street Settlement

Kristian Breton • New York Academy of Sciences

Isa Del Bello • Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy

Scott Conti • New Design High School

Mikey Cordero • Urban Arts Partnership

Marc Lesser • MOUSE

Shantelena Mouzon • Young Designer Parent

Anthony Negron • New York Hall of Science

Sarah Pidgeon • Solar One

Armando Somoza • Urban Arts Partnership

Julia Vallera • The Hive

Community Partners

The Lowline has previously partnered with over a dozen educational organizations and institutions, including Asian American for Equality, Lower East Side Preparatory High School, Educational Alliance, Manny Cantor Center, Grand Street Settlement, Henry Street Settlement Abrons Art Center, University Settlement and 14th Street Y, Battery Park City School, Boys & Girls Republic, Brooklyn Tech, Center for Architecture, Essex Street Academy, The Lower East Side Girls Club, New Design High School, Teak Fellowship and Urban Arts Partnership.

Getting Involved

This program receives support from the Pinkerton Foundation & The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Please contact us at for sponsorship opportunities or if your organization is interested in learning more about the Lowline Young Designers Program.